By Nathan Barton
By now, I’m sure everyone has heard that Illustrious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has successfully launched their latest and greatest ICBM. As reported in Zero Hedge, the Hwasong-15 apparently does have the range to be fired from North Korea to hit targets in all parts of the Fifty States. Zero Hedge republished this map from the Hawai’i Emergency Management agency, showing what is now possible.
As a result, Hawai’i is again setting up its air/missile raid siren warning system, long left to rust away, since not even Russians or Chinese are so crude and barbaric as to drop a nuke on Honolulu, or even Pearl Harbor or the Big Island. But the DPRK is far more savage, as demonstrated by their Illustrious Leader’s haircut and the big Stalinist-style dress caps their officer corps wears.
It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Flyover Country,” doesn’t it? Everyone figures that the logical American targets are pretty obvious:
- Honolulu/Pearl – because, after all the Japs did it once.
- San Francisco – Babylon or Sodom -by-the-Bay, of course: symbol of the decadence and immorality of ‘Merica.
- Los Angeles – well, specifically Hollywood, Sin and Cinema City and source of Western cultural pollution.
- Seattle – home of Microsoft and Amazon and all those other insidious purveyors of filth and other ‘Merican culture and evil examples of evil capitalism.
- New York City – financial capital AND Babylon-by-the-Hudson (and of course, headquarters of the UN, the shill for ‘Merica’s’ 60+ year war of aggression on Illustrious Leader’s loving people.
- Chicago – ‘Merican center of gangsterism (Al Capone), crooked politicians (Honest Abe and Obummer), and center of the Rust Belt where millions of laborers were enslaved by evil capitalists.
- District of Columbia – duh!
The Big Seven pretty much means that even the cowboys and oil barons of Texas, much less the fleshpots of Las Vegas and Spring Break Florida, aren’t really worthy targets. But it sure flies over all us piddling poor states like South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and even Utah.
Except that it really doesn’t. ICBMs have to follow the Great Circle routes as they leave the atmosphere and then re-enter in a blaze of glory. That last map is one of those lying airline type maps, and does NOT show the way the missile (or transcontinental airlines) fly. This next one shows the real route of Illustrious Leader’s Yankee-killing “super-heavy” warhead.
Wow, guess we Westerners and those in the Great Plains really are not actually Flyover Country, at least not for Pyongyang. It is Canada which gets to enjoy that status. Pretty neat, huh? Unless, of course, you are Canadian. And, given the current anti-ballistic-missile defense, happen to be right under the most likely kill zone for a Patriot or something else to take out that North Korean warhead.
With all the potential for fallout and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) if the warhead actually detonates early. And maybe as much potential (or more!) for fallout if the ABM just pulverizes the warhead. A kinetic kill still leaves all that lovely plutonium or uranium intact and the dust could scatter over thousands and thousands of square miles. Of course, dispersed like that, the impact would be far, far less than the fun effects of an EMP in low earth orbit. (Although the panic would be, well, astronomical: the fear of ‘Merican (and Canadian) people of radiation has been honed to a sharp edge of terror for 70 years.)
Well, that sucks. So what do we do?
First, we could withdraw all our troops and aircraft and ships from the Republic of Korea, and allow them to deal with North Korea on their own. Which they could do handily – but they don’t want to. They saw what having to absorb the Ostzone did for Germany, even without a massive war to begin with. And Illustrious Leader might still try to pull off some sort of Gotterdammerung stunt and take as much with him as possible. So that might not be all that good an idea, nice as it would be.
Second, similar to the first, and perhaps the most logical – let them stew in their own juices, BUT working with China and Russia (as we do now with Japan and the ROK), together with the IJN and USN and ROKN and PLA Navy, to deploy ABM defenses to take any (and all) North Korean missiles out during the boost phase, as close to launch as possible. A purely defensive military operation. And improving and developing new laser weapons, already capable (per reports from DARPA and Army procurement) of killing mortar shells in flight – but primarily to take out the North Korean Army’s artillery aimed at the cities of the South. Refuse to give anything or sell anything to them. Put the whole country into Coventry, and wait for them to collapse. Don’t even do the silly “no-fly-zone” business: let them fly all they want to, inside their own boundaries. Just nothing in or out.
Third, distastefully, we could go ahead and sterilize the whole place – something even the ROK might seriously consider doing, as well, “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide” or not. There are several ways to do that.
- a massive TOT (time-on-target) ICBM and cruise missile barrage, on a nice dense pattern: maybe a five-by-five or six-by-six (mile) grid.
- some nice tailored bio-weapon or chemical weapon (again, pffh! for “weapons of mass destruction!”).
Fourth would be a massive version of the Marielito Boat Lift from 1980: refugee everyone who wants to out of the country, leaving too few to run anything. (It only has 25 million people – less than Yemen, about twice as much as Tokyo and 3 times as many as Ciudad Mexico. About 5 times the number of Palestinian “refugees.”) And we know that they are hard workers able to survive a lot of hardship: great additions to nations around the world. But at the same time, we know it would take a long time and spread their contagion (mental) around the world. And it would probably require a lot of aggressive force to get the last couple of million out.
Fifth, and my personal favorite, all things considered, is the “Berlin Airlift” or “CARE package” option. Be nice. Prepare five million or so CARE packages, each consisting of about 10,000 calories of food, a cheap version of a Hi-Point 9mm pistol, and a couple of boxes (50 rounds) of 9mm Parabellum. Along with a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Korean. Probably $200 a piece, or a billion bucks, plus parachutes and balloons and floats and all to spread them out all over the country. After the airlift, seal the country (possibly using the methods I talk about in #5).
Now, the other choices are pretty cruel – and will be very, very hard on children, and on women. The #5 would, despite some really nasty butcher’s bill counts, probably be a whole lot less fatal than any of the others, including the #4 boat lift. And even if it cost a couple of billion, still be FAR less costly than the rest. And probably almost as fast as the sterilize option.
The point is, something needs to be done. And it does NOT require use of “aggression,” despite claims to the contrary. Nor does it require getting into a land war in Asia. And it does NOT mean that we have to work at odds with either China or Russia.
Something CAN be done, and it can be done by – in essence – being nice. Firm, but nice. We don’t allow rabid dogs to run loose. We don’t allow sick, contagious people or animals to run loose, either. We treat their illness: administer an anti-virus. But we don’t (or shouldn’t) punish children for the sins of their fathers. (Or of their fathers’ and mothers’ masters.) And we DON’T need to get into yet another war. Or make ourselves into more of a monster than we already seem to be to the people of the Middle East and Africa.
Mama’s Note: Some very challenging ideas, Nathan. I’ve thought for a long time about how the worst of the East and West coast cities might be cleansed of the controllers and criminals… but still can’t get past the fact that there are a lot of innocent people there among them. And it would require aggression, serious aggression for any attempt at it.
I really like the idea of the “care packages.” I’d contribute willingly to make it happen. I’ll bet we’d all be astounded at how effective that would be.
Looking at the first map and possible targets, I don’t see a problem. We won’t clean our own house, so why not let those industrious little guys do it for us?
Not sure what you mean here, zip… but I won’t willingly be part of any aggression against anyone. If there is an actual attack, the gloves come off of course.
[Edit: Oh, I think I see what you are talking about. But no, there are millions of innocent people living in those target cities.]
My snark generator has not yet been lubed with coffee. No, I don’t want the innocents to go; just those who are causing all the grief. Did you read that Time is also considering the Little Fat Guy for man of the year?
OK, didn’t think you were ready to nuke innocents… 🙂 But, realistically, any sort of nuke is going to do just that. Kill lots and lots of innocents, and very likely NOT those who are enslaving them! You can be very sure that the pig fat NK dictator has plenty of safe places to be while his minions and innocent victims roast in nuke hellfire. Sadly, it seems that he is also perfectly willing to let them all die of starvation and internal parasites.
And no, I don’t read “Time” if I can help it. 🙂
My globe is 800 miles away from me, and so I used a website that claimed to show great-circle routes for aircraft, and selected Pyongyang to JFK (NYC). Sorry for the error.
I suspect that trying to trade with the DPRK “like any other nation” will be impossible, not from our (the West’s) point of view but from THEIR point of view. There is effectively no private sector, and trying to do business with their Beloved Leader’s minions will likely make us long for just having to deal with Nigerian scam artists’ and their letters. You would never know if you were getting real or fake goods – or real or fake gold (or whatever medium of exchange).
Still, it would be worth a try. But figure on having to smuggle directly to the people of the North.
Ah yes! Smuggling, the first and oldest profession. 🙂 The free market at work. I like the idea of sending all those folks the “care package.” Once they have that, we might be able to trade with them quite well. But they have to be relatively free first – and want to trade, as you say.
Of course we can’t control any trade restrictions coming from their side. All we can do is not introduce any on ours.
There is no “we” here. I am not a part of that “we.” Each individual or company, in a free market, will make their own decisions about trade. They can make any “restrictions” they want and negotiate with trade partners on restrictions they might want. Free trade means a willing buyer and a willing seller, trading on their agreed upon terms. It is the non-voluntary government that should not be making restrictions.
That last map is one of those lying airline type maps, and does NOT show the way the missile (or transcontinental airlines) fly.
This next one shows the real route of Illustrious Leader’s Yankee-killing “super-heavy” warhead.
Well, no, it doesn’t. I stretched a string around my globe, and found that the great circle route from North Korea to the east coast of the U.S. passes through northern Alaska (or just north of it, depending on what part of the east coast is being targeted). Ninety percent of continental U.S. is closer to NK than Washington D.C. is.
As for how best to deal with North Korea, I would add a sixth option: leave them alone but trade with them just like with any other nation. Treating them like Cuba only strengthens its leader’s hand.
Don’t know anything about the global route of missiles or aircraft… way outside my pay grade… 🙂 But I must agree with you on the logical solution to NK. This would have worked a lot better starting at least 100 years ago (with every other country), of course. With nutjobs in the control seat of most every nation on earth these days, I’m not sure how that could even get started. But it is a much better idea than any of the current alternatives anyway.